Salim Equipment Trading delivers its first in-house manufactured rapid dynamic compaction machine
9 Jan 2023
First Salim Accelerated Compaction unit fabricated at company’s Dubai headquarters goes to Wide Horizon for Saudi projects
Salim Equipment Trading, a UAE-based company that deals with the sales and rental of construction equipment, has announced the delivery of its first rapid dynamic compaction (RDC) machine that it has manufactured in-house.
Delivered to Wide Horizon (Al Kifah Holding), the unit, which is named the Salim Accelerated Compaction (SAC) unit, was designed and fabricated at Salim Equipment Trading’s (SET) headquarters in Dubai’s Jebel Ali.
According to SET, the Salim Accelerated Compaction machine brings together components from various leading brands in one operational package. While the excavator is from Hitachi, another global name, Junttan, which is a benchmark in compaction hammers, supplied the hammer.
Meanwhile, the fork boom, cradle and compaction foots were custom-designed and manufactured in Europe.
The SAC also has a full automation and control system, for which SET partnered with Siemens in Dubai. The programming was done in-house by the company.
Sajil Salim, President and CEO of Salim Equipment Trading, said his company is the only one in the entire GCC region that is manufacturing and delivering complete RDC units.
Describing the successful market launch of the Salim Accelerated Compaction machine, he said it was “a momentous occasion” for the company. He added that the project was a “very challenging” one for the company, which is primarily a crane rental and trading company that only ventured into the dynamic compaction market in 2019 with Liebherr’s duty cycle crawler cranes.
“We have always purchased a ready-made product from a factory, but we realised that Salim Equipment Trading was ready to target this new market segment, and that is how this project came to be,” Salim was quoted as saying in media reports.
As the first client to order the SAC machine, Wide Horizons’ vice-chairman Abdullah Alafaleq, said: “The business is booming in Saudi Arabia and projects like NEOM and The Red Sea, require extensive upfront support, which is one of the reasons we considered purchasing a Salim SAC machine.”
He added that his company was considering multiple options and decided to go “with Salim Equipment Trading due to their quality, reliability, and dependability”.
“Moreover, they have delivered the machine on time, and we are pleased with the final finished product,” Alafaleq was reported as saying.
Sajil Salim said he expects RDC machines like the one SET made and delivered to Wide Horizons to take the lead in projects around the region. Developments such as those with Modon and Aldar in Abu Dhabi are already using such machines, he pointed out, adding that his company is expecting a busy year with clients in Abu Dhabi.
The company’s SAC models are also offered in capacity variations of 9t, 12t and 16t and SET said it is in talks with potential clients to build them more bespoke SAC machines tailored to their specific requirements.